March 29


1806 – Construction was authorized on the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States Federal highway.

1848 – Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.

1882 – The Knights of Columbus organization was granted a charter by the State of Connecticut.

1886 – The first batch of Coca Cola was brewed by Atlanta, GA druggist John Pemberton in his backyard. Originally called “Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage”, the sweet, fizzy concoction originally contained cocaine until its nonprescription use was banned in 1904.

1906 – 500,000 U.S. coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.

1911 – The M1911 .45 ACP pistol became the official U.S. Army side arm.

1929 – Michigan became the first state to outlaw fireworks. (That changed in 2011.)

1943 – Rationing of meat, butter and cheese began in the United States during World War II.

1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed in June 19, 1953.

1961 – The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment gave residents of the District of Columbia the right to vote in Presidential elections.

1962 – Jack Paar made his final appearance on “The Tonight Show” after a 4-1/2 year run.

1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison because of a California ruling on executions.

1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.

1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It was launched on November 3, 1973.

1974 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.

1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.

1982 – The television soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” changed from CBS to NBC.

1984 – The NFL’s Baltimore Colts loaded their possessions into 15 Mayflower moving trucks in the early morning hours and transferred operations to Indianapolis, IN.

1986 – A court in Rome acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.

1987 – Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 fans at Wrestlemania III in the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.

1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana as a young man.

1993 – Five men are arrested in the fatal bombing of World Trade Center in New York.

1993 – Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for “Best Film” and “Best Director” for the film “Unforgiven.”

1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate.

1999 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time, during the height of the internet boom.

2007 – U2 singer Bono receive dan honorary knighthood in Dublin, Ireland from British ambassador David Reddaway on behalf of Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.

2010 – In Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower became the tallest structure in Japan when it reached 1,109 feet.



Judith Guest 1936 – Author (“Ordinary People”, “Second Heaven”, “Errands”) Born in Detroit, MI

Scott Wilson 1942 – Actor (TV’s “The Walking Dead”, movies “In the Heat of the Night”, “In Cold Blood”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Dead Man Walking”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Junebug”)

Vangelis 1943 – Composer (“Chariots of Fire”)

Eric Idle 1943 – Comedian (“Monty Python”, films “The Life of Brian”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”)

Terry Jacks 1944 – Singer (“Seasons in the Sun”)

Bobby Kimball 1947 – Musician (Toto)

Bud Cort 1948 – Actor (“Harold and Maude”, “Brewster McCloud”)

Earl Campbell 1955 – Football player

Kurt Thomas 1956 – Olympic gymnast

Christopher Lambert 1957 – Actor (“The Highlander” movies, “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan”, “Lord of the Apes”)

Perry Farrell 1959 – Singer (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros)

Amy Sedaris 1961 – Comedian, actress (TV’s “Strangers with Candy”)

Elle MacPherson 1964 – Model, actress (“Sirens”)

John Popper 1967 – Musician (Blues Traveler)

Lucy Lawless 1968 – Actress (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Battlestar Gallactica”)

Jennifer Capriati 1976 – Tennis player



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